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Starting to wonder if people are actually going to participate in the walfas grand prix.

In celebration of the yearly tradition of the Touhou M-1 Grand Prix, the Walfas Station Wagon will be presenting their own M-1 Grand Prix in the form of walfas manzai skit animations!


What is a manzai?


Manzai usually involves two performers (manzaishi)—a straight man (tsukkomi) and a funny man (boke)—trading jokes at great speed. Most of the jokes revolve around mutual misunderstandings, double-talk, puns and other verbal gags, with the main joke being the straight man trying to make sense of what the funny man is trying to say.


Similar in execution to the concepts of "funny man" and "straight man" in double act comedy (e.g. Abbott and Costello), these roles are a very important characteristic of manzai. Boke (ボケ) comes from the verb bokeru (惚ける or 呆ける) which carries the meaning of "senility" or "air headed-ness" and is reflected in the boke's tendency for misinterpretation and forgetfulness. The word tsukkomi (突っ込み) refers to the role the second comedian plays in "butting in" and correcting the boke's errors. In performances it is common for the tsukkomi to berate the boke and hit them on the head with a swift smack; one traditional manzai prop often used for this purpose is a pleated paper fan called a harisen (張り扇). Another traditional manzai prop is a small drum, usually carried (and used) by the boke. A Japanese bamboo and paper umbrella is another common prop.

The tradition of tsukkomi and boke is often used in other Japanese comedy, although it may not be as obviously portrayed as it usually is in manzai.


For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a manzai skit is, the yearly “Touhou M-1 Grand Prix” tournaments on YouTube will provide a great example of how it is typically done along with details on how we will be setting up this tournament as well. For a historical example, the legendary comedy troupe, Abbott and Costello, had been performing skits similar to what a manzai would be like.


Da Rules

The rules of the tournament will be similar to the Touhou M-1 Grand Prix’s rules, but adapted for walfas.

  1. Keep in mind these skits must be purely performed by Touhou characters. AAs and OCs are not allowed.

    1. Custom props, costumes, backgrounds, etc. are allowed.

  2. Skits must not be longer than 10 minutes in length.

    1. This does not necessarily mean you have to make your skit 10 minutes, but there are plenty of jokes you can create within that time frame.

  3. After a preliminary judging, the final four teams plus one team that enters via judge’s decision from a Loser’s Resurrection Bracket will be performing in the main competition. 

  4. Five judges will score each skit out of 100 points, along with giving their own personal feedback afterwards.

    1. The two teams that score the most out of 500 points will be entered into the final performance where they will have to perform one more manzai skit.

    2. The final judgment will then be scored via open ballot, in which case the judges will write down who they will vote for rather than using the point system.

  5. Say which characters you will be using for the competition prior to making a skit so that we do not have characters doing multiple skits in the competition. We will make a note of which characters are being used by whom.

  6. Skits MUST BE VOICED AND IN ENGLISH! Speech bubbles don’t deliver the jokes the same way that voice acting does, plus it will feel more like reading a comic rather than watching two characters perform a skit. There are plenty of people from the walfas community that are capable of voice acting; do not be afraid to message them asking for help.

  7.  Skits that perform questionable or obscene acts such as excessive violence (murder, torture, gore, etc.) (Note: cartoon or slapstick violence is fine), excessive sexual references or content, overly excessive language (underage viewers may watch this, please be considerate), racism, blatantly hurtful sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, or anything related will be disqualified without a second thought.

    1. Innuendo jokes can be funny, but when your entire comedy routine is based off of innuendo or violence, it severely reduces its comedic value. Try to expand your jokes to appeal to a broad audience!

  8. Please upload your first-round video by August 3rd so that we may properly begin the competition. We will announce who will be the final two on August 13th, in which case the final two will have to have their second manzai skit submitted by September 6th. The final judgment will be done by September 13th.

Video rules

  1. Once again, skits must not be longer than 10 minutes in length or have anything related to the above (see Rule 4).

  2. Avoid using copyrighted music as much as possible. In most cases it is not necessary to use music for your skit to go through (though this depends on the kind of skit being done as well). If you absolutely need to use copyrighted music for whatever reason, message Gii or Unknown to discuss the matter.

  3. Videos should be uploaded to YouTube and a raw file must be sent to either Unknown Nobody or GiiTheMetalhead via DeviantArt or Discord in the form of an MP4 file. The final video will be rendered at 1280 X 720. Please keep your submission as close to those parameters as possible.

    1. File sharing websites such as Dropbox, MediaFire, MEGA or Google Drive should work well enough for uploading your video files.

    2. If you are not able to use a file sharing service for any reason whatsoever, then send the YouTube link for us to rip the video from the website. Doing this will significantly reduce the quality of the video due to YouTube’s file compression system, so please do this as a last resort.

  4. Gii will be putting together a compilation of skits that were not chosen as long as it meets the previous requirements. Therefore, even if you were not chosen for the final round, you can still show off your skit to the walfas community!

  5. While there is no guarantee that you will be able to make it to the final two, it would be appreciated if you had a second skit planned out in case you did, saving everyone plenty of time and making the final judging go much faster.

  6. If we do not choose your video for the final round, do not take it as a personal attack or vendetta. We are choosing based on content quality, not for personal reasons. So even if you’re not chosen, upload it to your own channel anyways!



Staff Rules:
  1. Judges and hosts cannot participate in skits due to conflict of interests/potentially scoring high regardless of skit quality.
  2. Judges must score based on skit quality and delivery, not solely because of their personal feelings towards a participant. 

    1. This is to remove potential bias, positive or negative. When judging, it is important to be impartial towards all participants, regardless of their personal feelings.

  3. Whether a staff member or a participant, this M-1 is not meant to make anyone look or feel more important than anyone else. This is purely meant to entertain the walfas community and outsiders. The staff is responsible to make sure that this whole tournament (and by extension, the video) performs properly.



Staff List


Director/Producer (at least until further notice):

Unknown Nobody :iconunknown-nobody-xd115:

GiiTheMetalhead :icongii828:


Hosts:


Judges:

Unknown Nobody :iconunknown-nobody-xd115: as the Fortune Teller

GiiTheMetalhead :icongii828: as Nemuno


Loser’s Resurrection Host:


Music:

Okuu-Chan-Reiuji :iconokuu-chan-reiuji:


Participation:

Anyone in the walfas community is allowed to participate in this competition as long as you meet the requirements for the rules above and you haven't been banned by the Walfas Station Wagon. Unknown Nobody and GiiTheMetalhead will be sorting through videos to determine which teams shall move on to the final round as well as let the judges determine which team will participate from the Loser’s Resurrection Bracket. You are more than welcome to upload the video to your own channel whether it is chosen or not. If you would like to participate in the event, message Gii or Unknown for the Discord link via Discord or DeviantArt. (GiiTheMetalhead#7040 Unknown Nobody#8488)


Participants:



ShinyRaichu94 :iconshinyraichu94: - Nitori and Momiji

Users/Team Name:


Examples of Manzais for Reference:


13th Touhou M-1 Grand Prix: Okisha (Okina Matara and Fortune Teller): www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt7K4u…


Abbott and Costello: 7 x 13 = 28: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzxVyO…


Abbott and Costello: Who’s On First?: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTcRRa…

Seems like my Deep Thinking With Reimu Hakurei sketches are getting more positive feedback than I thought. Oh radio, what would I do without your morning shows giving me inspiration?
I've been moving for the past week and a half, so I've been out of the loop on a few things. And because of moving, my original NaNoWriMo story took a dump since I couldn't pan it out enough (didn't plan on moving prior to announcing the story sadly). However, I'm still in the running for NNWM, though I had to resort to a fanfiction to do it. It's a crossover fic between Under Night: In-Birth and Akame Ga Kill. It's making a surprisingly good amount of headway despite me only starting a few days ago. I'll try to post something online when I get this thing done.
My lot for Halloween Spooktacular 2018 is thrown in. Another Ghost Stories video and two Deep Thinking With Reimu Hakurei videos.

In celebration of the yearly tradition of the Touhou M-1 Grand Prix, the Walfas Station Wagon will be presenting their own M-1 Grand Prix in the form of walfas manzai skit animations!


What is a manzai?


Manzai usually involves two performers (manzaishi)—a straight man (tsukkomi) and a funny man (boke)—trading jokes at great speed. Most of the jokes revolve around mutual misunderstandings, double-talk, puns and other verbal gags, with the main joke being the straight man trying to make sense of what the funny man is trying to say.


Similar in execution to the concepts of "funny man" and "straight man" in double act comedy (e.g. Abbott and Costello), these roles are a very important characteristic of manzai. Boke (ボケ) comes from the verb bokeru (惚ける or 呆ける) which carries the meaning of "senility" or "air headed-ness" and is reflected in the boke's tendency for misinterpretation and forgetfulness. The word tsukkomi (突っ込み) refers to the role the second comedian plays in "butting in" and correcting the boke's errors. In performances it is common for the tsukkomi to berate the boke and hit them on the head with a swift smack; one traditional manzai prop often used for this purpose is a pleated paper fan called a harisen (張り扇). Another traditional manzai prop is a small drum, usually carried (and used) by the boke. A Japanese bamboo and paper umbrella is another common prop.

The tradition of tsukkomi and boke is often used in other Japanese comedy, although it may not be as obviously portrayed as it usually is in manzai.


For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a manzai skit is, the yearly “Touhou M-1 Grand Prix” tournaments on YouTube will provide a great example of how it is typically done along with details on how we will be setting up this tournament as well. For a historical example, the legendary comedy troupe, Abbott and Costello, had been performing skits similar to what a manzai would be like.


Da Rules

The rules of the tournament will be similar to the Touhou M-1 Grand Prix’s rules, but adapted for walfas.

  1. Keep in mind these skits must be purely performed by Touhou characters. AAs and OCs are not allowed.

    1. Custom props, costumes, backgrounds, etc. are allowed.

  2. Skits must not be longer than 10 minutes in length.

    1. This does not necessarily mean you have to make your skit 10 minutes, but there are plenty of jokes you can create within that time frame.

  3. After a preliminary judging, the final four teams plus one team that enters via judge’s decision from a Loser’s Resurrection Bracket will be performing in the main competition. 

  4. Five judges will score each skit out of 100 points, along with giving their own personal feedback afterwards.

    1. The two teams that score the most out of 500 points will be entered into the final performance where they will have to perform one more manzai skit.

    2. The final judgment will then be scored via open ballot, in which case the judges will write down who they will vote for rather than using the point system.

  5. Say which characters you will be using for the competition prior to making a skit so that we do not have characters doing multiple skits in the competition. We will make a note of which characters are being used by whom.

  6. Skits MUST BE VOICED AND IN ENGLISH! Speech bubbles don’t deliver the jokes the same way that voice acting does, plus it will feel more like reading a comic rather than watching two characters perform a skit. There are plenty of people from the walfas community that are capable of voice acting; do not be afraid to message them asking for help.

  7.  Skits that perform questionable or obscene acts such as excessive violence (murder, torture, gore, etc.) (Note: cartoon or slapstick violence is fine), excessive sexual references or content, overly excessive language (underage viewers may watch this, please be considerate), racism, blatantly hurtful sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, or anything related will be disqualified without a second thought.

    1. Innuendo jokes can be funny, but when your entire comedy routine is based off of innuendo or violence, it severely reduces its comedic value. Try to expand your jokes to appeal to a broad audience!

  8. Please upload your first-round video by August 3rd so that we may properly begin the competition. We will announce who will be the final two on August 13th, in which case the final two will have to have their second manzai skit submitted by September 6th. The final judgment will be done by September 13th.

Video rules

  1. Once again, skits must not be longer than 10 minutes in length or have anything related to the above (see Rule 4).

  2. Avoid using copyrighted music as much as possible. In most cases it is not necessary to use music for your skit to go through (though this depends on the kind of skit being done as well). If you absolutely need to use copyrighted music for whatever reason, message Gii or Unknown to discuss the matter.

  3. Videos should be uploaded to YouTube and a raw file must be sent to either Unknown Nobody or GiiTheMetalhead via DeviantArt or Discord in the form of an MP4 file. The final video will be rendered at 1280 X 720. Please keep your submission as close to those parameters as possible.

    1. File sharing websites such as Dropbox, MediaFire, MEGA or Google Drive should work well enough for uploading your video files.

    2. If you are not able to use a file sharing service for any reason whatsoever, then send the YouTube link for us to rip the video from the website. Doing this will significantly reduce the quality of the video due to YouTube’s file compression system, so please do this as a last resort.

  4. Gii will be putting together a compilation of skits that were not chosen as long as it meets the previous requirements. Therefore, even if you were not chosen for the final round, you can still show off your skit to the walfas community!

  5. While there is no guarantee that you will be able to make it to the final two, it would be appreciated if you had a second skit planned out in case you did, saving everyone plenty of time and making the final judging go much faster.

  6. If we do not choose your video for the final round, do not take it as a personal attack or vendetta. We are choosing based on content quality, not for personal reasons. So even if you’re not chosen, upload it to your own channel anyways!



Staff Rules:
  1. Judges and hosts cannot participate in skits due to conflict of interests/potentially scoring high regardless of skit quality.
  2. Judges must score based on skit quality and delivery, not solely because of their personal feelings towards a participant. 

    1. This is to remove potential bias, positive or negative. When judging, it is important to be impartial towards all participants, regardless of their personal feelings.

  3. Whether a staff member or a participant, this M-1 is not meant to make anyone look or feel more important than anyone else. This is purely meant to entertain the walfas community and outsiders. The staff is responsible to make sure that this whole tournament (and by extension, the video) performs properly.



Staff List


Director/Producer (at least until further notice):

Unknown Nobody :iconunknown-nobody-xd115:

GiiTheMetalhead :icongii828:


Hosts:


Judges:

Unknown Nobody :iconunknown-nobody-xd115: as the Fortune Teller

GiiTheMetalhead :icongii828: as Nemuno


Loser’s Resurrection Host:


Music:

Okuu-Chan-Reiuji :iconokuu-chan-reiuji:


Participation:

Anyone in the walfas community is allowed to participate in this competition as long as you meet the requirements for the rules above and you haven't been banned by the Walfas Station Wagon. Unknown Nobody and GiiTheMetalhead will be sorting through videos to determine which teams shall move on to the final round as well as let the judges determine which team will participate from the Loser’s Resurrection Bracket. You are more than welcome to upload the video to your own channel whether it is chosen or not. If you would like to participate in the event, message Gii or Unknown for the Discord link via Discord or DeviantArt. (GiiTheMetalhead#7040 Unknown Nobody#8488)


Participants:



ShinyRaichu94 :iconshinyraichu94: - Nitori and Momiji

Users/Team Name:


Examples of Manzais for Reference:


13th Touhou M-1 Grand Prix: Okisha (Okina Matara and Fortune Teller): www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt7K4u…


Abbott and Costello: 7 x 13 = 28: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzxVyO…


Abbott and Costello: Who’s On First?: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTcRRa…

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